Febby at ESL One Mumbai: "I mean, I didn’t leave, I got kicked. So it’s not a very good feeling"

Vignesh RaghuramPublished On: 

Febby shocked attendees at the NSCI Dome and the rest of the Dota 2 world by snagging the Mercedes Benz MVP award at ESL One Mumbai. But before all of that, We had the chance to sit down with him to gather his thoughts about Mineski's recent roster changes, his experience in India, and of course Kpop and Game of Thrones.


Gfreak: Hi Febby, Welcome to Mumbai. You’ve had a fantastic performance so far, Top 3 at this event secured. How do you feel right now?

Febby: Not a surprise, Mineski is a strong team.

Gfreak: Coming into ESL One Mumbai, you left Mineski. Then joined them, and will be leaving them once again after this tournament comes to a close. How are you handling this transition?

Febby: I mean, I didn’t leave, I got kicked. So it’s not a very good feeling. But transitions? Hopefully, I do well this tournament so that the other teams notice me and they pick me up. That’s what I am hoping for.

Gfreak: What do you think is your strongest hero in this patch?

Febby: My strongest hero in this patch is probably Earth Spirit, I am pretty good at Earth Spirit.

Gfreak: Would you like to stick with the support role, or if given the opportunity do you want to play in another role?

Febby: Actually, I was a carry player in the very beginning. I tried playing carry 2 years ago, but it didn’t work out. I’ve been playing support for too long, so I’ve gotten used to it. I think I am comfortable in this role.

Maybe I’ll give a shot at 5. But for now, 4 is fun.

Gfreak: What are your thoughts on this season of the DPC in contrast with Last year’s?

Febby: I think it’s actually pretty good. A lot of Tier 2, Tier 3 teams are getting a lot of chances because of the Minors.

Gfreak: Ever since you came into the scene with MVP, you’ve been known for a very aggressive brand of Dota. But that has changed over the last year, has it been hard to change your playstyle?

Febby: I mean, I don’t think it is hard but the results are showing otherwise, so I guess it is hard.

Gfreak. There used to be a lot of players emerging from the South Korean region, like the whole MVP squad and Velo. But that has dried up now. What happened?

Febby: I mean the people are still there it is just that QO is in Australia, for personal reasons, so he can’t leave there for a few months but he keeps talking to me about making a team, but I don’t want to freaking go to Australia.

I don’t think there are a lot of reasons. It’s just the same players there.


Gfreak: So this is your second time in India, what are your favourite and least favourite parts about India?

Febby: My favourite part is the food, it is actually really really good.

My least favourite is: I think the roads here are way too chaotic. There’s just too much honking, like the cars are all over the place, not in a single line. So I feel like I am gonna die any second, so I am pretty scared about the roads.


Gfreak: What suggestions do you have for tournament organizers and teams in the Indian region?

Febby: The one tournament I was here before. That was pretty okay, and this was pretty nice so I have nothing to say. I think it is pretty good.

Gfreak: Any suggestions for Indian teams like Signify?

Febby:  Oooof.

Maybe they lack experience. I am sure they have the skills because they’re all high MMRs. I see them all the time in pubs, so I think they just lack the experience.


Gfreak: Do you watch Game of Thrones? How would you like the series to end?

Febby: I would like Ned Stark to rise up from the grave and take the throne because I think that guy is the perfect character.

Gfreak: Who is your favourite K-Pop band?

Febby: The people are going to want me to say Twice or BTS or even Blackpink. So yes, Blackpink Jennie or Twice Momo. She’s wooooo.


Gfreak: Do you have any shoutouts?

Febby: Shoutout to Mineski, even though they kicked me from the team. I think they’re a really good team and have really good potential and I hope they show that in the upcoming Disneyland Major.